I had a fabulous time at the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco this past Saturday, May 19th.
The Asian Art Museum opened its doors for the festival and had free admission all day! There were splendid Southeast Asian dance performances (loved the children’s dances), art demonstrations, and even a flash mob dance performance. I enjoyed seeing the Phantoms of Asia contemporary exhibit exploring concepts of the supernatural past and present. And it was a thrill to be able to see Apichatpong Weerasethekul’s short “Phantoms of Nabua.” I’d seen this visually stunning film online but it was even more powerful on a big screen. (You can watch it online here: Phantoms of Nabua.)
Larkin Street from Civic Center Plaza through the Little Saigon District was filled with vendors and hundreds and hundreds of visitors. Smoke from the many barbecue stands formed a wafting cloud on one side street:
And the Asian fusion food trucks that are super popular in the city also set up for the day. The line in front of Chairman Bao Buns was running half-way down the block at one point. I managed to get some fabulous Korean bulgogi tacos at Seoul on Wheels!
It was a great celebration indeed. Even the weather cooperated. It was sunny but windy, which really made the Breathing Flower lotus sculpture in front of the Asian Art Museum come to life!
This street fair was a great way to celebrate APA Heritage Month and brought many diverse communities together.